My Roubo Bench Journey #4: Cutting the Top

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Today, I scraped the leftover glue from both sides of the top:

Then I used the track saw to cut kerfs in both the top and underside of each end. The remaining waste was hand sawn:

Then I used a chisel, a low angle block plane and a rasp to flatten out the ends:

Next up is to flatten the top and underside. I was thinking about NOT installing a quick release vise on the end of the bench. But I figured since I have it, I might as well use it or it will just sit on the shelf taking up space.

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It is sharp, but the chisel did the Lion’s share of the work. The block plane was mainly used to smooth out the roughness. I have been wanting to build this bench for years and I am excited to get moving on it.

you must have a really sharp blade on that block plane.

I am unlikely to build a Roubo but it is fascinating to follow your blog to see you work.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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